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Syrian army, allies make new advances against Daesh in Dayr al-Zawr

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Syrian government forces man a checkpoint in the eastern Syrian city of Dayr al-Zawr on September 21, 2017 as Syrian government forces continue to press forward in the offensive against Daesh Takfiri terrorists in Dayr al-Zawr province. (Photo by AFP)

Syrian government forces, backed by allied fighters from popular defense groups, have made fresh territorial gains against Daesh Takfiri terrorists in the country’s eastern province of Dayr al-Zawr.

Syria’s official news agency, SANA, reported on Saturday that Syrian troops and their allies had established full control over the village of Ma’adan Atiq. Scores of extremists were killed or injured during the operation.

Syrian army units and their allied forces also reclaimed Mazloum village in addition to several strategic sites in the town of Khasham. A number of Daesh terrorists were killed or injured in the counter-terrorism offensives.

Government troops also engaged Daesh terrorists in Huwaijah Saker region, inflicting heavy losses upon their ranks and military hardware.

Furthermore, Syrian Air Force fighter jets bombarded Daesh fortifications and supply routes in the adjacent districts of Huwaiqah, al-Jebeliyeh, al-Aridi and Kanamat.

Separately, Syrian troops targeted two Daesh pickup trucks traveling on the road linking al-Islah region to Muhasan area.

US-backed Kurdish militiamen capture major gas field in Dayr al-Zawr

Meanwhile, militiamen from the so-called Syrian Democratic Forces have seized a big natural gas field in Dayr al-Zawr province from Daesh terrorists.

Ahmed Abu Khawla, a commander of the US-backed forces, told Reuters that his fellow fighters had retaken the Conoco gas field.

Members of the so-called Syrian Democratic Forces walk in the former Daesh stronghold of Raqqah on September 21, 2017. (Photo by AFP)

Daesh overran large parts of Dayr al-Zawr province, including its many oil fields, in mid-2014 as it seized swathes of land in Syria and neighboring Iraq.

By early 2015, the Takfiri terrorists were in control of some parts of Dayr al-Zawr city and besieged the remaining parts, which were under government control. It is estimated that 100,000 people remain in the government-held parts of the city.

The so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights estimates that more than 10,000 people may be living in the Daesh-held parts of Dayr al-Zawr.

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